2017 Events

Launch Event

Monday, November 6, 9:30 AM – Ottawa, Ontario: Lisgar Collegiate Institute

Media Literacy Week will be launched November 6 at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in the nation’s capital. MediaSmarts and the CTF are hosting over 100 high school students to hear from the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, and participate in hands-on workshops with partners including the National Council of Canadian Muslims and Hands On Media. We’ll be sharing highlights of the launch on MediaSmarts’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, so follow #MedLitWeek for coverage of this event and many others happening during the week.

Embrace Film Screening

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00 PM – Ottawa, Ontario: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St

On the eve of Media Literacy Week, Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre is pleased to present Embrace, a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image, and the role that media and the advertising industry have played in creating a culture of body shaming and body loathing among women and girls.

Get your free tickets now!

Reel Asian’s Festival Youth Programme

Friday, November 10, 2017 to Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario, TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3, 350 King St W

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival‘s Festival Youth Programme is comprised of a selection of films and videos about diverse Asian cultures and social issues by young directors from Canada and around the world. It aims to introduce youth to film and video as vehicles for cultural and political advocacy, and includes discussions about the ideas behind work with selected directors and film / media arts experts.

Media Literacy Week is proud to be a community supporter of these four screenings that reflect our theme of “Inclusion in a Connected: A place and a voice for everyone.”

Been Here So Long
Friday, November 10, 2017, 6:00 PM

Intimate Labours
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:00 PM

Unsung Voices 6
Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:00 PM

Field of Touch
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:00 PM

2016 Events

Launch Event

Monday, October 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Museum of Nature

Media Literacy Week will be launched October 31 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in the nation’s capital. MediaSmarts and the CTF are hosting over 120 students from across the country who are participating in Historica Canada’s Encounters with Canada program. Also joining is the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women. The event includes hands-on workshops with partners from Instagram,Twitter, Actua, and Ladies Learning Code in partnership with Shopify. We’ll be sharing highlights of the launch on MediaSmarts’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, so follow #MedLitWeek for coverage of this event and many others happening during the week.

De-Coding Horror

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 9:00 AM Eastern Time

With the goal to provide educators with the most Halloween ready and comprehensive resource to enrich classroom conversation, De-Coding Horror will be an online resource featuring an exclusive Media Literacy Week pre-recorded conversation with genre expert, Dr. Barry Keith Grant of Brock University, along with teacher-ready lesson plans. Dr. Grant is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and he has won numerous awards including the national Outstanding Academic Award of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Developed and hosted by Anthony Perrotta of Chaminade College School in Toronto, all classroom ready resources will be ready for teacher access on Sunday October 30 at 9:00am.

Visit for more details. 

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11:00 AM – Edmonton, Alberta: Film Alberta Studios

The Director’s Cut is cordially inviting your young film maker to participate in our special Halloween-themed stop-motion animation workshop at Film Alberta Studios on Sunday October 30, 2016. The event begins at 11:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.   During our 4 hr workshop, young film makers between the ages of 8 – 13 will work in small crews to create Halloween themed claymation shorts.  Hungry film makers will also join us for a pizza lunch and some treats to start the holiday off in a sweet way!  The fee for the workshop is only $10.00 per participant!

For further information on how to register, please email

Playful Thinking


Monday, October 31, 2016, from 12-1 PM Eastern Time

Join this panel of experts as they discuss the social, political, cultural, and pedagogical role of games and play in the 21st century. Topics include studying, creating, and critiquing games and the importance of play in developing critical thinking and digital literacy skills.

Find more information and watch the livestream at

Regent Park Focus: Full Week of Events


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Friday, November 4, 2016 various locations in Toronto, Ontario

The Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre will be hosting a series of events, tours, workshops and panel discussions. This is a wonderful exploration of youth media creation with television, radio, video games, copyright, and education.

See the full listing of events and participate, in person or online!

Camp Tech Workshops

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

Camp Tech is hosting a series of workshops over Media Literacy Week that feature variety of digital technology topics. Workshops include:

Twitter Chat: #MLWChat

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 7-8 PM Eastern Time – #MLWChat on Twitter

MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation will host a Twitter chat with the hashtag #MLWChat. We’ll be focusing on the theme of Makers and Creators – it’s an open discussion, and we invite all collaborators and educators to participate.

Twitter Chat: #K12Media

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 8-9 PM Eastern Time – #K12Media on Twitter

MediaSmarts and the Association for Media Literacy will co-host a Twitter chat with the hashtag #K12Media on Wednesday, November 2 from 8-9 PM Eastern Time. This weekly Twitter chat invites educators from across the country to discuss current media education issues, and this Media Literacy Week chat will focus on the theme of Makers and Creators.

While anyone can participate in this chat, it’s commonly frequented by teachers and focusing on teacher-specific topics.

Code & Creativity for kids

Thursday, November 3, from 9 – 11:30 AM and 12:30 – 3 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Notman House (51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest)

Outstanding organizations kidsCODEjeunesse and Hands On Media Education will host workshops on coding with scratch and stop-motion animation with iPads at Notman House in central Montreal. These two sessions are offered being offered for free to English (morning) and French-speaking (afternoon) students in Montreal. Press are welcome to attend.

Making things…and making things private

Thursday, November 3, from 2 – 7 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University

In the context of Media Literacy Week across Candada and in collaboration with LEARN Québec join Concordia on Thursday November 3rd from 2pm to 7pm for three super exciting events. First, a mini-maker faire with a set of four stations with specific themes and technologies on each table. Participants will rotate to explore the different tables to explore: electronic circuits, robotics and creative programming for kids, game pads makey makey, motors, robotics and LEDs. Second, a fabrication showcase will be setup where you can explore various projects that have been made by participants. Last, the official launch of “Define Privacy” an interactive documentary that explores how youth define and understand privacy in their lives.

Learn more and register for the free events at Concordia.

Maker Kids at Corus Entertainment

Friday, November 4, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario: Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment, which includes YTV, Treehouse, and Teletoon, will be hosting Maker Kids and a group of local grade 3-4 students for a visit and learning experience. The visit will include learning to code through Scratch in a 2-hour workshop, plus a set tour of The Zone, where they can engage in questions about the set. This is an awesome opportunity for these students to learn about many different ways media can be constructed!

Islamophobia, the Media, and You!


Saturday, November 5, f2016, rom 10 AM – 5 PM, Ottawa, Ontario: Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Join the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) for a conversation, aimed at ages 18-30, around islamophobia and the media. The event includes Just Jamaal, spoken word artist; Oussayma Canbarieh, documentary maker; and Nilufer Rahman, Snow Angel Films. The event is being supported by the Inspirit Foundation.

Digital Storytelling for Educators

Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 10 AM – 4 PM, Montreal, Quebec: Rubika

As part of this year’s Media Literacy Week, and in partnership with Rubika, we are very excited to announce a FREE Digital Storytelling for Educators workshop in Montreal November 5th in Mile End. Bring your own Mac iPad or laptop, and learn everything you need to know to create your own Digital Story, and how you can introduce this powerful digital media project with your students!

To learn more about the value of Digital Storytelling in the classroom, check out a recent article written by Hands On Media Director Jessie Curell.

Register for the workshop.